Friday, November 7, 2014

3 Party Rules to Remember in Bangkok, Thailand

STORY: Why do people go back again and again to Thailand? 

I, for one, find it fascinating to visit the country where prostitution is almost legal, shopping is extremely cheap, food very flavorful, nightlife unlike anywhere else in the world, and respect for the king so admirable.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

8 Steps to Survive the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

One of the reasons, if not the only reason why people go to Siem Reap, is to visit the Angkor Wat Temples. To tell you honestly, i am bad at Asian history. I didn't listen to my college professor then. I just wish i did. To tell you i have very little idea of Angkor Wat is such an understatement. But i did my research before i left, and i was told that the Angkor Wat is such a vast, huge complex with over a hundred temples littered across its vast expanse.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Top 10 Must Do's in Saigon, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

For those of you who're wondering what is there to do in Saigon "Ho Chi Minh City", Vietnam, I've made a list of the top 10 things that you can easily do when you fly out to this metropolis. 

Of course, apart from the usual Mekong river trip, Cu Chi Tunnels and trekking towards hills and tribes, here's a few more to add to your list.

1. Watch the City.

This may sound vague but to capture the essence of Vietnamese life, take a look around at the people: the faces, the smiles, the gestures. There's so much to see than your guide book. Take a walk. Breathe fresh air. Buy fruits. Sit with the locals in cafes and try to mingle. It's always a great joy for me when i talk to the locals. It makes me feel more at home.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Circumnavigating Siquijor Island, Philippines on a Motorbike

STORY: I'm still in Siquijor and having a grand time! The next day, i texted the same moto-driver that brought me to Villa Marmarine. I booked him for an island tour, riding his cool "habal-habal" / motorbike. We ripped Siquijor's awesome highways, passing through all of the province's six towns, stopping at each town to wander around. The view of the coastline is mind blowing. This is definitely the best way to travel around Siquijor.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Fun Time with Friends in Cagbalete Island, Quezon, Philippines

STORY: If you think this is another Cagbalete Island post, well, you're right! There's so much talk about this place for the whole year, it deserves an award as "Anawangin of the Year". Because if you are still googling about this island, then, you have to hurry up before time runs out. Everyone's been Cagbalete Island already.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Getting Zen at the Rock Garden of Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Rock Garden, Ryoanji Temple
STORY: Getting around Kyoto isn't so hard. Because transportation is efficient and a practical way to travel around, getting a Kyoto City Bus Pass should be on top of your mind. You get to explore the vast number of temples and complexes scattered around the city in a breeze. Think about this, a one way bus fare is 220 Yen, but getting this pass would cost you 500 Yen unlimited ride for 1 whole day. Again, it's a mortal sin not to get one. You can buy this pass in travel agencies, at your hostel or at the Kyoto Train station.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Day in Paradise called Shangri-la in Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines

STORY: Every now and then, we want our trips to be hassle and worry-free. Every now and then, we want to splurge a little, and invest in trips that aren't necessarily cheap but somehow feels worth it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Japan Railway Pass 101: Your Ultimate Travel Buddy in Japan

Before i left for Japan, i discovered that a convenient and economical way to roam around the Land of the Rising Sun is through the Shinkansen or bullet train, and it's best if you buy a Japan Railway Pass.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Agony of Having Bed Bugs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Photo sourced from here courtesy of Martin

STORY: One of the cons of traveling cheaply around South East Asia is risking yourself staying at a dodgy place. To save cost, proper maintenance becomes questionable. Although recent studies show that whether you're staying in a cheap hostel or a fancy hotel, you can still be bitten by this.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

6 Shopping Tips to Remember in Kowloon, Hong Kong

The narrow streets, the rush of midday passers-by and the aroma of freshly cooked rice fill the air as you walk around Hong Kong. It's true, the transport system which includes the tram, the train and the bus are efficient but there's a more romantic feel to walking around, and discovering the real core of Hong Kong living by just taking time to walk around. I bought a Hong Kong train pass but i didn't maximize it to the full. I have all the reasons why. Instead, i was able to navigate along plush roads and intersecting districts in the heart of Kowloon in Hong Kong. I think that alone made a whole lot of difference. Through experience, i was able to learn a few things that i will be sharing with you on how to gracefully walk around and abound while shopping in Hong Kong, minus the swollen feet.